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Ceramic designer Romy Northover launched her brand No. (‘nō) in 2012. Romy hails from England but now works and lives in New York. She has also spent time living and working in Hong Kong, Venice and Berlin.

Romy blends techniques and traditions from around the world to create her own unique style. She uses her European training and Japanese methods to form her designs. But, her final designs are minimalist and modern. She calls her unique design style “ancient future”.

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Romy uses three Japanese techniques. Rokuro or throwing of clay as the potting wheel spins in the opposite direction. Kinuneri which is a kneading technique used to remove air from clay. As well as, tebineri or hand-building technique.

Of her craft Romy says, “I feel very connected to ancient, primitive arts and to raw surfaces and textures, but I’m equally into super-refined design, styling, and modernist forms. I like the dichotomy in technique, balance, form, and the experiential process.” – The Line

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Romy endeavors to make quality pieces that the owner can connect with as much as she connects to her work.

She says, “there’s something special about ceramics. It grows with you. And there’s something peaceful about making bowls. It’s something that’s functional. It has that human experience.” – The Line

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Check out Romy Northover website to find our more about her and get a behind the scenes look at her work.

Images by Romy Northover

Art

If you are looking for creative inspiration, look no future than Instagram. There are so many wonderful creative accounts inspiring us everyday. One such feed belongs to artist Hong Yi, also known as Red.

Red Hong Yi was born in Malaysia and studied Architecture in Australia. Her transition to artist is an interesting story. She created a portrait of Yao Ming using a basketball dipped in red paint. Red then made a video of her process and posted it on Facebook. It went viral and an artist was born!

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Teh Tarik (Malaysian pulled tea) Man portrait – made with 20,000 tea bags

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Adel portrait – made with 1,500 melted candles and inspired by “Set Fire to the Rain” song 

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Singer Jay Chou Portrait – made with coffee stains

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Filmmaker Zhang Yimou portrait – using socks and pins hanging on bamboo sticks

What’s great about Red’s work is that she uses everyday materials in her art. She is “inspired by her surroundings and the range of affordable materials available from wholesale markets. The use of materials in bulk in her project alludes to the globalization and mass production in China and Asia.”

Her more popular works are her portraits and food art. She has done portraits of people like Adele using melted tea lights, Aung San Suu Kyi made with dyed carnations, Jackie Chan using chopsticks, Mark Zuckerberg made out of books and Tyler Florence using food. 

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To find out more about Red Hong Yi’s work go to her website or catch her on Instagram.

All images by Red Hong Yi

The Peruvian Maidenhair Fern is also know as the Silver-Dollar Fern. This plant is a long time favorite of mine. It is striking due to its pitch black stems paired with vibrant green “leaves” or pinnules. It is unlike other fern in the same genus because of the large pinnules. Hence, the common name “silver-dollar”.

I have often admired it at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden near my home.  Every time I go, I snap another photo with my phone. They can be tricky to care for, so I decided to make one out of paper! Now it sits in my living room and I never have to water it!

DIY: Paper Peruvian Maidenhair Fern

I made this in an afternoon using my Silhouette Cameo (download the .studio file here). If you don’t have a paper cutter, you can also cut them by hand.

DIY: Paper Peruvian Maidenhair Fern

What you need:

  • Green text weight paper (I used this)
  • Silhouette double-sided adhesive paper
  • Wire cutters
  • Pot of your choice
  • Small pebbles (I like these)
  • Piece of styrofoam
  • Silhouette cutting mat and machine (optional – you can cut by hand)
  • 16” or longer 22 gauge straight wire
  • 26 gauge wire cut to 3.5” pieces
  • Black floral corsage tape (I used this)

 

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Step 1 – Cut Pinnules

Peel the protective white paper off the double-sided adhesive sheet. Carefully stick to a sheet of the green paper. Place on your cutting mat green side face down. Set your blade to a cardstock setting and double cut. Be sure to test. You want the cut to go all the way through.

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Step 2 – Create Pinnules

Once cut, peel off the shapes from the mat. Carefully fold each shape exactly in half with the yellow protective sheet still attached. Once folded, unfold and remove the yellow paper. Add a piece of the 26 gauge wire in the crease. Fold in half again to seal.

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Step 3 – Create Fronds

Wrap about 1” of the wire extending from the pinnules with the corsage tape. The tape works best if you slightly pull and stretch as you are working.

Using the corsage tape add each pinnule to the heavier straight wire. They should be arranged alternatively. This means not directly across from each other along the stem.

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Step 4 – Decorate Pot

Cut the styrofoam to fit snuggly inside the pot. Cover the foam and fill the pot with pebbles.

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Step 5 – Finish Plant

Arrange all your fronds in the pot. Carefully poke the end of the wire into the foam. Make your plant as dense or as sparse as you like. I made 7 fronds for mine plant. Bend the wire to give a little “life” to your sculpture.

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Tutorial and Photos by Corrie Beth Hogg


Corrie Beth Hogg of The Apple of My DIY

DIY: Paper Peruvian Maidenhair FernCorrie is a blogger, artist, crafter, designer and DIY aficionado. She is currently a DIY contributor for the The House That Lars Built and the Special Projects Designer for David Stark Design.

Her work with David Stark have appeared in magazines, newspapers and blogs such as: Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Weddings, Domino, InStyle, The New York Times, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Design Sponge, Remodelista, Lonny, Apartment Therapy and Style By Emily Henderson.

Her projects have also been featured on television shows such as: the TODAY SHOW, Live From The Couch, Martha and E! News

Corrie is originally from Mississippi but now call Brooklyn home. When she’s not crafting, she can be found hiking, biking, studying wild edible plants, playing guitar and singing country music. To connect with her, visit her website or catch her on Instagram.

In recent years, we’ve seen a return to the seventies in design. So it’s not surprising that indoor plants are making a comeback. Indoor plants are trending right now in home and fashion design. Today we’ll look at some favorite indoor plants and how makers are using them for inspiration.

It seems like indoor plants are everywhere in home decor. From painting to embroidering to knitting, makers are kicking their designs up a notch with plant inspired designs. Fashion designers are also using plants to bring their designs to life. Literally! Did you know you could buy living jewelry?

Take a look at some of the inspirations below.

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Monstera Deliciosa Plant – Photo by Weekday Carnival

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Monstera Deliciosa Artwork – Photo by Living Pattern

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Fiddleleaf Fig Plant – Photo by Lauren Conrad

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Fiddleleaf Fig Embroidery (on right) – Photo by Sarah K Benning

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Cactus Plant – Photo by Bengtgarden

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Cactus Wallet – Photo by Boo & Boo Factory

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Cactus Knitted Plants – Photo by Thorn & Needle

Snake Plant

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Snake Plant – Photo by Brittany Makes

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Snake Plant Embroidery (on left)- Photo by Sarah K Benning

Palm

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Palm Plant – Photo by In Honor of Design

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Palm Earrings & Necklace by Boo & Boo Factory

Succulents

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Succulent Plants – Photo by The Blondie Locks

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Succulent Braclet – Photo by Passion Flower

Do the Instagram changes take effect now?

Change is inevitable, especially in digital marketing. We get comfortable with platforms, we grow to love them and then it changes! In case you missed it, Instagram announced last month that it was changing its algorithm. The new changes are suppose to “improve your experience”.

Here is the announcement:

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This announcement caused a little bit of a panic (stop hyperventilating!). Rumors started to swirl that the Instagram changes were going to take effect. People freaked out and some got desperate! Some businesses posted photos urging people to “turn on post notification.”

All this caused Instagram to tweet the following:

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The changes don’t take effect now. Instagram is still working on the new algorithm.

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Why are people freaking out about the Instagram changes?

So why are people losing it? Instagram is owned by Facebook. So it is not surprising that Instagram is going to an algorithm feed like Facebook.No one really knows how the Instagram changes will impact them. People are losing their minds because of what happened when Facebook made its changes.

Data suggests Facebook’s algorithm change did not negatively impact its users. However, the same can’t be said for businesses. Facebook has made it nearly impossible for business to reach their audience without paying up.

Is the free ride over for Instagram users?

Instagram is already doing more and more advertising. At the end of the day, Instagram is a business and businesses need to make money. But there is good news!

Instagram may be owned by Facebook but it is not Facebook. Unlike Facebook, Instagram can’t differentiate between a creative community, small business or personal feed. So there is hope that you may not have to advertise to be seen.

What can I do to prepare for the new Instagram changes?

How many articles have you read about why your business needs to be on Instagram? With over 400 million users that’s a lot of content and noise. So how do you cut through the noise? The two words you need to remember are content and engagement.

Post great content your followers will like. It’s all about the quality of your content not the quantity. Think of it this way, if you wouldn’t like what you’re posting it then don’t post it.

Get your followers to interact with you and comment on posts. This will help with the engagement factor. Give them something to talk about by posting content they identify with and care about. Also, don’t forget to be social and make friends!

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What are your thoughts on the Instagram changes? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

The first time I saw Marine Crosta’s work I thought “how clever”. Marine is a French artist living in England. She is inspired by the sea and paints beautiful oil seascapes. The clever part is how she displays her art.

Marine frames her work in a round antique frame with a convex glass. The result is a ship’s porthole! Looking at it, you would think you’re looking out of a porthole, not a painting. How awesome is that?

Of her framing process she says, “It involves a lot of restoring, glass cutting, polishing, drilling, screwing, unscrewing. It’s not easy and I’m still learning but at least I can proudly say that I do everything myself.”

To claim your part of the sea, checkout Marine Crosta’s website. For a behind the scenes look at her process, catch her on Instagram.

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Painting seascapes – round oil on panel 

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Framing seascapes – antique frame with convex glass

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Finished seascape display

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Spring is here so it’s a good time to brighten up your look. Boo & Boo Factory will do that and a whole lot more! Boo & Boo Factory was founded by designer Christina Anton in Chicago. The company makes fun and colorful geometric leather jewelry and accessories.

Like Natalie Miller, who I featured earlier this week, Christina has an architecture degree. She founded Boo & Boo Factory after graduating school to pay for supplies. The company did so well, she decided to stick with it. She said hello to entrepreneurship and goodbye to architecture!

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But, she hasn’t left architecture completely behind. You just have to look at her geometric designs to see its influence. The shapes, colors and patterns in her design are inspired by architecture.

Christina has a great eye for colors. She uses neon colors, making her designs wonderfully bright and bold. Her pieces don’t just make a statement but lifts your spirit with its colorfulness.

Christina says she is inspired by textile art, colors and the materials she uses. Her collection includes necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, wallets and key chains. She uses different techniques including hand painted, hand cut, beaded and woven materials.

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From the designer:

Leather is my medium of focus. I feel it is luxurious. I love the way it smells and I love the way you can manipulate and cut it as intricately or as simple as you’d like. I have been collecting leather for a few years. I get so excited finding a rare shade or a color leather I haven’t seen before and I immediately begin to imagine what I can turn it into.

The process of creating is truly therapeutic for me. I sit at my desk, look for inspiration with my own photography, and lay out different color combinations of leather and various supplies. I could have anywhere close to 100 individual colors and the fun is combining them in unusual or unexpected ways.

I usually never know what the end product will be, but that is what helps keep my ideas fresh and my creativity flowing. I’ll make different shaped cut outs, create different color palettes and cut several types of fringes and mix and match until I find the right fit.

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Want to know more about Christina Anton and her work? You can get a look at what’s happening in the studio on the Boo & Boo Factory website.

Images by Christina Anton of Boo & Boo Factory

Art

Our featured artist today is Kim Zeluck. Kim is based in New York but sometimes call Hong Kong home. She paints in oil, watercolor and mixed media. She is best know for her dreamscape paintings (paintings inspired by dreams). Her latest collection is my personal favorite.

Kim Zeluck’s latest collection is called The Happy Introvert Collection. It is a collection of oil and mixed media on canvas. The collection “attempts to justify the often-misunderstood concept of introversion.”

Kim says of the collection, “Introversion is only one way of living and thinking, but it provides those who embody it with a compelling and refreshing point of view. The mind of the introvert is where stars are born, where magic is made.”

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I always tell people that my oil and watercolor paintings are what you would see if you were to examine a little piece of my mind under a microscope. My artwork is my own mythology. From a young age, I began doodling faraway lands and fantastic creatures, finding refuge in my overly active imagination. My paintings reflect my dreams and are a product of my introversion.

I like to paint detailed scenes that inject some whimsy and fantasy into reality, such as a floral painting full of hidden creatures, or a rainy day scene with all sorts of characters underneath their umbrellas. A few years ago, I began gathering images and writing taken from my dream journal and created my Dreamscape paintings, using overlapping and oftentimes disjunctive narratives to create a larger illustration of the surreal nature of dreams.

I am most inspired by the way our minds can naturally bend and distort reality – sometimes in the most lovely but bizarre way – and allow us to forever travel to new and unexpected places that are intrinsically within us.

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For more information on Kim Zeluck check out her website or catch her on Instagram.

Images by Kim Zeluck

I have been following Australian fiber artist Natalie Miller on Instagram for some time. Her account takes you on a colorful journey of hand-dyed yarns, tapestries and macrame.

Both her work and story are inspirational. Natalie is an architect and interior designer turned artist. She traded in her life in Sydney for the picturesque Southern Highlands. Here she built her dream home and went from architect to artist!

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Natalie Miller Studio, photo by Rachel Kara for The Design Files

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Natalie Miller Studio, photo by Rachel Kara for The Design Files

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Photo by Natalie Miller

Like many of us, Natalie felt that she wasn’t being creative enough. So she began to focus on a career as a fiber artist. She says “if I am not making things I don’t feel fulfilled. I find craft is very satisfying and meditative.”

So what inspires her? She is inspired by the Southern Highlands environment, colors and textures. Natalie says of her craft, “I love to explore the different techniques of textiles, especially in weaving and macrame. Textile art has an enormous relationship with interior architecture. I try to explore textiles and how they can transform into a architecture space and compliment one another.”

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Photo by Natalie Miller

Natalie Miller Macrame

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Photo by Natalie Miller

Natalie’s most stunning design are two macrame chandeliers, the biggest in the world. She made these amazing chandeliers for the Pacific Place, Hong Kong to celebrate Chinese New Years.

For her projects, Natalie uses hand-dyed, Australian grown and milled wool. She started dying her wool out of necessity but continues to do so today. The rich and vibrant colors of her wools sets her apart from other artists. She also sources rope and materials such as raw fleece, sari silk, jute and raffia.

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Photo by Cory White for Australia Post

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Photo by Natalie Miller

You can find Natalie’s wool and other craft supplies at her shop, Green Bridges Studios. To find our more about her work and to catch one of her workshops checkout her website.

Holi or Pagwah is a fun and festive two day Hindu Spring festival. What’s the greatest part of this festival? It gives adults a chance to be kids again! Complete with bonfires, water fights and color fights.

Holi is known as the festival of colors and the festival of love. The festival celebrates the season’s hues and provides fantastic color inspiration. 

It is celebrated by Hindus in India and other parts of the world. In recent years, the festival has spread to North America and Europe. It’s easy to see why. Holi is less about Hinduism and more about just having a fun.

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Holi Celebrations in India

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Holi Celebrations in Spanish Fork, Utah

Celebrations begin the night before with a bonfire, signing and dancing. But if you think this sounds nice, the next morning is better!

Two things are certain. You’re going to get chased and end up in a water fight (super soakers are welcome). You’re also going to be covered from head to toe by colored powders. Anyone and anywhere is fair game, so beware!

The festival wraps up with eating, drinking and visiting family and friends. Groups of people also go around the community playing music and singing. All in all, this festival is a fantastic start to spring.

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Colored Powders at a Market in India

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Colored Powders

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People Celebrating Festival of Colors,

Image by Martin Brown

If you’re interested in playing along, there are some great options. Here is Philadelphia we have a festival called Holi One. It’s a global, non-religious festival inspired by Holi. This festival is full of colors, food and music.

There is also the Festivals of Colors USA, another non-religious festival. Festival locations tends on the west coast. Their main location in Salt Lake City, Utah gets up to 100,000 participants.

If you can’t get to any of these, play along at home. Go on and get your Super Soakers out. I know you want to!